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UB Men’s Basketball knocks off Eastern Michigan, 83-69, for eighth straight victory

The Bulls continue their early MAC season dominance

Photo Courtesy of UB Athletics

Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball returned to Alumni Arena on Tuesday night and continued their dominating stretch through conference play, silencing Eastern Michigan 83-69.

Both teams started out sloppy, but like most of this month, UB capitalized on the defensive end and didn’t let the Eagles get away from them. Once the Bulls’ offense picked up, Eastern Michigan quickly fell apart.

In around ten minutes of play, Buffalo hit one of their biggest runs this season and put up an unanswered 26 points to get out to a 37-13 advantage. Nick Perkins and CJ Massinburg put together a one-two punch of eight and seven points respectively during that span.

Ultimately, the Bulls held EMU to just 17 points at the half with a 22 point lead to cruise with. It was a phenomenal 20 minutes that rivaled Buffalo’s performance against Akron earlier in the month.

Buffalo’s second half was a struggle at points as EMU clicked from beyond the arc. Very slowly the Eagles chipped away at the large deficit but the Bulls either found small bursts of proficient offense or Eastern Michigan shot themselves in the foot. Most notably, EMU suffered from a team technical foul in the second half that allowed Wes Clark to sink four consecutive free throws from the charity stripe.

Jeremy Harris led UB with a 22-point, 14-rebound effort in the win. He finished the night with 50% shooting and it was one of his best performances as a Bull so far. Massinburg, Perkins, and Clark finished out the double-figures parade with 18, 17, and 13 points.

The win is the Bulls’ eighth straight and a MAC opponent has yet to finish a game within single digits to UB. It moves the Bulls to 15-5 overall with an unblemished 7-0 MAC mark.

Buffalo heads out on a road trip for the next two games with contests against MAC East foes Ohio and Kent State. Friday’s matchup for Ohio will be shown nationally via CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. It will be the second of three consecutive Fridays that the Bulls make an appearance on national television.